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Entries from August 2005

"What Would Flying Spaghetti Monster Do?"

August 31st, 2005 · 2 Comments

It’s rare that I find myself navigating the murky waters of politics and religion, because, well, I have absolutely NO PLACE commenting on either, given my complete lack of religious upbringing and cynical view of politics, but I couldn’t resist posting something about the hottest new right-wing creationist myth being sold all over the States: […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Culture · Funny · Ideas · Surprising

Twelve Ways to Think Differently

August 17th, 2005 · Comments Off

“The Idea: Twelve methods that will exercise parts of your brain that rarely get it, and make you more creative and better able to understand the world.” via kottke.org

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Ideas · Inspiration


August 16th, 2005 · Comments Off

Would be nice if this were real. More ideas:http://www.t3.co.uk/news/general/general/the_new_ipods” Robert Brunner, who oversaw the design of the Powerbook and now works for leading design firm Pentagram, has created a number of concept designs that combine a wireless version of the ubiquitous MP3 player with a watch, camera and a phone.”

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Tags: Apple · Archived from Blogger · Design · Ideas · Industrial Design

Do people want this? Do I want this?

August 15th, 2005 · Comments Off

This recent NYT article, along with my own living circumstances, have me thinking more and more about “communities.”(For this article, you will need to register (free) at nytimes.com.) Currently, we live in a 95 yr-old house in an old, central part of town, surrounded by a mix of very-renovated, slightly-renovated and ready-for-demolition homes of all […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Ideas

Roberto once said: "Every man should do three things in his life: plant a tree, write a book and have a child." I propose adding another.

August 15th, 2005 · Comments Off

I’ve managed to knock off two of those three (book ideas always floating about, fear of putting pen to paper always getting in the damn way), but recently came across a potential fourth item: be fitted for a bespoke-tailored suit from a visit to Savile Row. I came across The English Cut a few months […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Fashion · Textiles

CBC Schwag

August 12th, 2005 · Comments Off

Don’t know why I didn’t link this earlier, but I just noticed that they recently released some fun old-school items and so deserved a link. See everything here.

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Canada · Culture · Fashion · Retail

The Scourge of Arial

August 10th, 2005 · Comments Off

“True to its heritage, Arial gets chosen because it’s cheap, not because it’s a great typeface.”

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Design · Graphic Design · Typography

Good design, bad design

August 9th, 2005 · Comments Off

The scale of these two projects is very different, but by comparing them side-by-side as design exercises, they highlight the opportunity for success through innovation & execution of a vision. In Apple’s case, they have (as they always seem to), in NASA’s case, they havn’t (as they always seem to). Also, this comparison further shows […]

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Tags: Apple · Architecture · Archived from Blogger · Business · Culture · Design · Ideas · Industrial Design

Creativity That Goes Deep

August 5th, 2005 · Comments Off

So this article sums it up well, in a way that should be clear to all. It focusses on the differences between how traditional businesses operate versus how design-oriented businesses operate. Very well-written and a good one to share with your mom if she still doesn’t understand what you do. –link via Michael Surtees.

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Design · Ideas · Inspiration

Again: More on Hiroshima / Nagasaki Anniversary

August 4th, 2005 · Comments Off

“In March this year, Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the ‘Little Boy’ on Hiroshima was asked again whether he had any regrets. “Hell no, no second thoughts. If you give me the same circumstances, hell yeah, I’d do it again.“- and -”I only started speaking after I retired. It […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Culture · Japan · News

“Do not covet your ideas. Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you.”

August 2nd, 2005 · 2 Comments

If there’s an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, this is an angel. A short, easy read, but full of good reminders of how to do things the right way. Paul Arden is a seasoned Saatchi & Saatchi vet, and shares his wisdom with a confident, funny, inspiring delivery. A great […]

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